Everything doesn’t have to be perfect for you to start a business. Or more specifically YOU don’t have to be perfect to start a business. Being in business usually means being, or it at least feels like you are being, more public than having a job.
And the scrutiny that people imagine comes with that stops people from even starting in the first place. So I’m here to tell you – you don’t have to be perfect to do this, in fact often it helps significantly if you’re not.
It’s an important question to ask yourself, especially if you have big goals for your business.
If you think about it, there are health coaches that make $30k a year and are happy with that; there are those that make $100k a year and are pretty damn pleased with themselves (and so they should be!). And then there are the people who go on to create empires helping thousands of people find better health.
Whether you want to be the health coach next door, the more ‘out there’ health coach with more people reading your blog, or you want to be the next Kris Carr depends on three big factors, because if you think about it, the result that they are all selling IS THE SAME.
Let me make a little caveat here: obviously this depends on having a solid business model, that should go without saying, but let’s say you have a proven business concept, meaning other people have made money doing what you do. How far can you go with this baby?
While I was on my trip home recently, I heard from a couple of women that ambition is a dirty word. They mentioned that women are reading things like Lean In to work on speaking up, being heard, and recognizing that ambition is a good thing.
This was kind of strange to me! It could be that I was away from English speaking culture for a decade and I missed the memo, but I always believed that ambition is good – and I felt like there was something wrong with me that I am not especially ambitious! At least at work.
It’s a question that’s dogged the corporate world for decades, seen as perhaps one of the reasons that there aren’t as many female CEOs and executives. But are women naturally less ambitious than men? Not necessarily. A recent study showed that executive women actually have more ambition to reach the next level in their workplaces.
So if we’re not naturally less ambitious, maybe it’s something else. Maybe we are ambitious about different things.
You may be thinking, why would I need help coping with success – I want success! But actually, when you start to grow, to become a leader in your field, and to be known for your work, it can feel a bit weird and unsettling. Strange things might start to happen, and you might start wondering what’s going on.